AAS Speakers at XpoNorth 2019

XpoNorth, Scotland’s leading creative industries festival which takes place on 3/4 July 2019 will include speakers from Applied Arts Scotland Board talking about international projects and opportunities and there is a chance for Highland makers to hear presentations by some of the speakers who took part in the AAS event earlier this year on Inspiring Innovative Sustainable Materials.

International Making Projects with Crafting Futures, 3 July 2019

Crafting Futures is a programme of craft development around the globe, run by the British Council and a network of partner organisations including Applied Arts Scotland. In this panel discussion you will meet Ana Paula Fuentes, craft curator and project manager who lives and works in Oaxaca (an area of Mexico slightly smaller in population than Scotland but with 1 million makers), Carol Sinclair, Chair of Applied Arts Scotland on projects in Thailand and Mexico, and makers Lynne Mennie and Netty Sopata sharing their experience of working in Oaxaca and talking about how you can get involved in Crafting Futures.

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court, Inverness
Speakers: Carol Sinclair: Chair and Crafting Futures Project Manager, Applied Arts Scotland / Ana Paula Fuentes: Social Designer, CADA / Netty Sopata: Director, The Tailors House / Lynne Mennie: Director, Lynne’s Loom / Chair: Helen Voce: Director, H Voce

Interface – Innovative and Sustainable Materials, 4 July 2019

We are all keen to increase our environmental responsibility and in this session makers, academics and businesses will share their investigations and creations of more sustainable materials.
Dr Sandra Wilson (contemporary jeweller, silversmith, researcher and educator at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design) will discuss her research with the Love Chemistry group at University of Edinburgh into recovering precious metals such as gold and copper from electronic waste for use in her jewellery practice.
Dr Sam Vettese (Maker, Lecturer and Reader in Applied Art and Design at Edinburgh Napier University) will tell us about the use of waste fibres being combined with PLA plastic to create a new mixed material for 3D printing and laser cutting and the potential applications that could have.
Ceramicist Lorna Fraser and Fiona Pilgrim of Interface will give us an insight into a recent project they have been working on with the University of Edinburgh. Lorna will discuss her questioning of the sustainability and environmental impact of the materials she uses and how plastics could be an environmentally friendly addition within her practice. Fiona will outline the support available from Interface for such innovation projects

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Dr Sandra Wilson: University of Dundee, Reader Jewellery and Metal Design / Sam Vettese: Edinburgh Napier University / Lorna Fraser: Director, Fraser Ceramics / Chair: Fiona Pilgrim Interface

Image: Hand-thrown red clay plates being prepared for firing in Oaxaca, Mexico Photo: Lynne Mennie

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